Brixham Bay Walks

The Friends of Brixham Library have agreed to be the sponsoring organisation for the two weekly Brixham walks for ‘Walking for Health’. Both walks are free and it is not necessary to become a Friend of Brixham Library to join either of the walks on a regular basis. Under the new banner of Brixham Bay Walks they will continue to encourage this regular activity both as a social opportunity and as a help and an encouragement on the route back to good and better health. Both walks have been in existence for about 15 years and FoBL’s involvement is to ensure that they continue for the benefit of the people of the Brixham area.

FoBL AGM and July Events

Dear Friends

July Events

Saturday 8th July – noon to 3pm  £10 members and £12 non members

Summer Garden Party at the Eastments’ Join some very kind FoBL members who are
hosting a Garden Party to raise money for more comfortable seating for FoBL events.
Tickets include a buffet lunch with wine or soft drinks and musical accompaniment –
all in great company.

Sailing Trip on Vigilance

Saturday 15th July 9.30am meet for 10am departure, returning at 1pm

Please note spaces are limited to 12 people.  Meeting point: Heritage Pontoon. £20 members £25 non members, payable in advance
Gain a vivid insight into the life and history of the fishermen of Brixham aboard Vigilance, a restored 78 foot heritage sailing ketch. Experience the wonder of sailing – whether you
want to lend a hand hoisting sails or just take a walk on deck. No previous sailing experience needed. Please wear appropriate wind and waterproof clothing.
Rubber soled shoes are advisable.


The AGM will be held on Tuesday 11th July between 6.15pm and 8.30pm
followed by a talk by John Risdon: My Great Atlantic Adventure at Brixham Library
Join the FoBL for their AGM and hear about
the past year and plans for the future. John Risdon will be giving one of his fabulous
illustrated talks, this time detailing some more intriguing stories from his travels.
This event is FREE.

We have been made aware that a number of the FoBL committee will not be standing for re-election and we need more people willing to join us on the committee.  Please do consider doing this as the committee cannot function without your valuable help.

FoBL Forthcoming Events

Evening at the Guardhouse Cafe, Berry Head on Wednesday 28 June 2017, 6.00 – 9.00pm
Tickets FoBL Members £10.00 7 to Non-FoBL Members £12.00
Enjoy a fabulous evening at the Guardhouse Cafe with fantastic food and music by popular demand provided by ‘Folk Inspired’.
Please advise at time of booking of any special dietary requirements.
Summer Garden Party – Saturday 8 July 2017, 12.00 noon – 3.00pm
Tickets FoBL Members £10.00 7 to Non-FoBL Members £12.00
Join some very kind FoBL members who are hosting a garden party to raise money for more comfortable seating for FoBL events. Come and enjoy a lovely summer party. Tickets include a buffet lunch with wine/soft drinks and musical accompaniment.
Tickets for both of the above events can be obtained either by visiting the library or calling  01803 853870. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Please advise at time of booking or any special dietary requirements

FoBL Loyalty Scheme Rewards list

We are pleased to advise that FlourFlower at 40 Middle Street will be offering on Tuesdays only until 12 midday, 2 small coffees or teas with the lower priced one being free.  They join the following list of shops offering a discount to loyalty scheme members.

10% off items purchased at:

Another Chapter – 13 The Quay, Brixham

Bertie & Crew – Brixham Marina, Prince William Quay

Chris Slack Photography – The Quay, Brixham

Inspirations, 4 The Quay, Brixham

Liberty, 11 The Quay, Brixham

Millie and Me, 1 King Street, Brixham

The Guardhouse Café, Berry Head.

The West Country Deli, 45 Fore Street, Brixham

Twit Twoo, Union Lane, Brixham

The Hideaway Tearooms, Beach Approach, Brixham (minimum £10 spend)Other offers, ask in store –  Latitude, 71 Fore Street, Brixham


FoBL Memberships

Can I just remind everyone that the annual subs are due on 1 April and renewals can be done by visiting the library and leaving £5.00 in an envelope addressed to Andrew John, Membership Secretary along with contact details i.e. name, address, tel. no. and e-mail address. If no change, then a note to this effect will be enough.

Many thanks

Alison, Secretary FoBL

May Events

Dear All

There are still places available for both of the following two events, so why not pop into the library and book yourself a place.

Bluebells, Crests & Dusk Chorus with Mike Langman  – £5 members, £7 non members  Wednesday 3rd, 6.00pm – 9.00pm     Meet at Noss car park (just before the Dartmouth higher ferry). Bring a drink and a snack.

Come and explore the National Trust’s Long Wood near Noss Marina when bluebells should be at their best. This impressive oak woodland hanging on the side of the Dart Estuary holds a recently discovered population of Devon’s only Firecrests.  Join Mike on a circular walk (approx. 2.5 miles a bit steep in places) to find some of these tiny gems together with their equally small cousin the Goldcrest. We’ll also enjoy the ‘dusk chorus’ which can be almost as good as a dawn chorus but without the ridiculously early morning start!

 Redstarts and Cuckoos on Dartmoor with Mike Langman    £8 members, £10 non members     Friday 12th, 10.00am – 12.30pm           

Meet: Warren house Inn. Parking available outside Pub or in Bennett’s Cross car park 200m East of the Pub. Bring a packed lunch or perhaps enjoy a pub meal.

A bird rich and beautiful walk (approx. 2miles) from Warren House Inn to Sousons Plantation and back. Hopefully enjoying some of the best birds Dartmoor can offer including Cuckoo, Redstart, Whinchat, Stonechat, Siskin and Pied Flycatcher. In 2016 there was a bonanza of Cuckoos – even watching one female probably laying eggs in a Meadow Pipit nest!

 Children’s Half Term Craft Activity      FREE

Wednesday 31st, 10.00am – 11.00am and 11.30am – 12.30pm.                          

A fun-filled activity with stories and crafts.  It’s free and another opportunity for children to have fun in their library.


April Events FoBL

Hello Everyone

We have a wealth of items on the programme this month and I have briefly listed them below for you.  Full details are available on our website and bookings as always should be made through the library, unless stated otherwise.

Tour of Greenway Gardens with John Risdon
Wednesday 19th, 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Talk fee: £5 members, £7 non members, plus entry to gardens which is free for National Trust Members and £10.25 for non NT members.

World Book Night Poetry Workshop with Suzy Miles
FREE for members, £3 non members
Thursday 20th, 10.30am – 12.30pm

FoBL and Brixham Arts & Theatre Society present ‘Lost in the Lamplight’ Rich and wonderful stories for world-weary adults in Brixham Theatre
Friday 28th, 7.30pm
£10 members, £12 non members (£14 on the door) Tickets available from Brixham Theatre

A Cat Weatherill story telling event in Brixham Library
Jack’s Diamond & Other Salty Stories              
Saturday 29th, 10.00am – 11.00am FREE Admission – suitable for 5 – 8 year olds

Brixham Orpheus Male Voice Choir and One Accord Concert at St Mary’s
Saturday 29th April, 7.00pm
Tickets are £5.00 in advance (please phone the BOMVC Concert Secretary 850642) or £8.00 each on the door.

Elected Mayor Gordon Oliver says ‘Congratulations’

On Wednesday evening I attended the Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver’s Annual Award Ceremony on behalf of FoBL. In recognition of our current project to raise funds for an external Defibrillator to be fitted outside the library, I was presented with an award for £500.00. This is a very helpful step forward adding to the money already raised for this project. It is now hope that this piece of equipment can be purchased and be in place ready for the  Summer.

On behalf of FoBL I wish to thank Mayor Gordon Oliver and his colleagues Cllr. Nicole Amil; Cllr. Jackie Stockman and Cllr. Christine Carter for considering our application and for the very generous award.

Alasdair Anderson – Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library


Event at Paignton Library

Edward Thomas was born in London on 3rd March 1878, of Welsh parents. He died one hundred years ago, on Easter Monday, 9th April 1917, at the World War One Battle of Arras, in north-eastern France.

The event is built around extracts from his war diaries, dated from the time he arrived in France in early 1917, to 8th April 1917, the day before he was killed.

You will also hear:

  • some folk songs and tunes which were familiar to Edward Thomas and his family;
  • extracts from his letters to Eleanor Farjeon, who was a close friend and fellow poet, by whom Edward was happy to be advised on his writing;

and a selection of Edward’s poems, not as they were written chronologically, but at appropriate points during the programme

Library Leavers

Coffee Morning for library leavers Marian, Gill & Ann                                                                         Next Friday 31.03.17 at 11.00am in Brixham Library

Our dear library friend Sue has rallied the troops to say farewell to all the three ladies who are leaving Brixham Library at the end of next week. To mark the occasion coffee & biscuits are being served in the library and you are invited to come along and say your farewells. There will be a short informal presentation to the ladies about 11.00am and everyone is welcome to join us. Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Alasdair Anderson – Chairman, The Friends of Brixham Library